Interviews

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with Greg Cohen, Creator of the Coffee Guru App

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with Greg Cohen, Creator of the Coffee Guru App

I got an email, about a month ago, from Greg Cohen (otherwise known as @coffeeguruapp) letting me know that he was going to be in my neighborhood during the week of the Fourth of July; asked me if I wanted to meet up for a […]

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with SnobCoffery

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with SnobCoffery

There are quite a few coffee blogs out there, but there are only a few that I really like. Even fewer are the coffee blogs that I read on a very regular basis—Daily Shot of Coffee for sure, The Coffee Adventures and FRSHGRND most certainly. […]

A Roaster by Any Other Name

A Roaster by Any Other Name

What was it that the Bard, Bill Shakespeare, once wrote? “A roaster by any other name is still a roaster”? I know it goes something like that, anyway. Contrarily, Hubert H. Humphrey retorted, “In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends […]

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with New Gotham Coffee Community

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with New Gotham Coffee Community

You hear it and see it both ways: coffee is competitive, cut-throat, snobby, exclusive, and egocentric; or coffee is collaborative, bond-forming, friendly, and inspirational. In my years in the coffee industry I’ve certainly encountered both types of coffee people—sometimes even inside the same shop! Here […]

Iced Coffee Methods and Recipes

Iced Coffee Methods and Recipes

After a false alarm back in March, when temperatures were in the upper 70’s everyday for almost two weeks, then a miserably chilly April, June 21 has finally descended upon Chicago. Girls are in their summer clothes, people are cooking out on their grills, the […]